Are you a star gazer? I have not been much of a star gazer myself; however, I’m always blown away by the amazing view of the stars when I’m in Africa. They don’t have street lights or other light sources at night to compete with. Dark is truly dark there, so the stars really stand out.
A grandmother told me the other day her grandson asked her a question. “Gmama, when do the stars shine?” She replied, “Well, they shine at night.” He was so proud of himself when he turned to her and said “Nuh-uh, Gmama, they shine all the time, you just can’t see them in the daytime because of the brightness of the sun.” He was a pretty clever young man.
We are called to be “the light of the world” in Matthew 5:14. Verses 16-17 go on to tell us no one hides a light. We’re challenged to let our light shine before men. We live in a dark world and our light should be evident wherever we are. Luke 11:35 commands us to “See to it, then, that the light within you is not darkness.” There are some places the Son shines brightly; however, there are places He has been invited to leave and we’re the only hope of bringing light into the darkness.
The moon gains its light from the sun. It reflects the sun’s light to the earth at night. A solar eclipse is when the moon gets between the sun and the earth blocking the sun’s light from the earth. We need to make certain our life reflects the light of the Son instead of blocking it from a dark and hurting world.
When you were little, you probably heard the song “This little light of mine.” The last words in the song are “let it shine, let it shine, let it shine!” We’re all called to shine our light before men. Whether you’re surrounded by light or in total darkness, let your light shine!